Replacing a Section or the Entire Garage Door
The garage door is unlike any other entry in your home. In addition to keeping items secure in your garage, it acts like a brace providing additional structural support. And while it is relatively common for garage doors to become damaged either by accident or weather, it can result in structural issues to your home if not repaired promptly. The type of damage sustained will determine whether you can replace just a section or if you should replace the entire garage door.
Replacing a Garage Door Section
Can you replace a section of the garage door? If the damage is minor and limited to just one or two sections, it is possible to replace the damaged parts. So, what is minor damage? Things like small punctures, scratches, and dents, for example. For your protection, have a garage door professional inspect the door. They will perform a thorough assessment to determine if the door will remain safe and functional with a sectional replacement. They will also use OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts that match your door model, color, and panel size to ensure the integrity of the materials and quality of workmanship. When the process is complete, your garage door will look and work just like new.
Replacing the Entire Door
When there is extensive damage, the only safe option is to replace the entire garage door. For instance, if your vehicle accidentally hit the garage door and compromised the integrity of several sections, severe wind or weather damage, or the door is weakened due to rust or wear and tear. In these cases, replacing the entire door is the best option to avoid extensive repairs, injuries, or property damage. Also, if your garage door is more than 15 years old, it is time to consider a replacement. Older doors are more prone to frequent repairs and parts failures.
Avoid DIY Repairs
Replacing a garage door section or the door is not as easy as it may appear, even if you are handy around the house. The garage door is a heavy object weighing more than 150 pounds and needs to be in perfect balance and alignment for it to function safely. Incorrectly replacing sections or the entire door can destabilize the system resulting in catastrophic failure. Emergency rooms across the country treat thousands of homeowners with garage door related injuries. Your local Safe-Way dealer or garage door repair professional has the training, skills, and tools required to safely, and efficiently perform any garage door repair.